whooping cough

Shelley Smithson

With school starting this month, nurses in Flagstaff have been busy giving students their shots.  But a growing number of parents in Coconino County are opting not to immunize their children.   Public-health officials fear this could mean the resurgence of diseases that were disappearing.  

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control report that the country is suffering from a Whooping Cough epidemic.

And health department officials in this state are not exactly sure why Arizona has the 11th highest incidence in the country.

Nationally, health officials say the country is on track to have the worst year for whooping cough, or pertussis, since the late 50s.

Nearly 18 thousand cases have been reported nationally so far this year.

That's more than twice the number reported at this time last year.

AZ Ranks 11th in Whooping Cough Cases

Jul 19, 2012

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control report that the country is suffering from a Whooping Cough epidemic.

Nationally, health officials say the country is on track to have the worst year for whooping cough since the late 50s.

Whooping cough is also known as pertussis.

Nearly 18 thousand cases have been reported nationally so far this year.

That's more than twice the number reported at this time last year.

Arizona falls 11th in the number of reported cases.